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Lifelong Lecture Series

One of the elements that Stetson Lifelong prides itself on is its approach to community-building and our fun members-only events, including lectures and musical performances.

The Lecture Series is scheduled Wednesdays from 4:15 - 5:30 p.m. at the Stetson Celebration Center and is open to all Stetson Lifelong members.

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September 13 - Special Performance & Opening Event

Central Florida Community Arts' professional vocal group Legacy! will provide a special performance as part of the opening festivities for Stetson Lifelong’s 2017 fall term. Legacy! is the vocal ambassador group of CFCArts and performs throughout Central Florida for non-profit organizations and corporations. This performance will consist of songs from Disney movies, upbeat Broadway show-stoppers and inspirational songs for all audience members.

September 20 - Tai Chi Chuan for Health & Well-Being

Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient Chinese form of exercise originally created as a fighting art with origins dating back over 700 years. Mainly practiced today as a gentle form of exercise with many health benefits, the words “Tai Chi Chuan” would loosely translate as “Supreme Ultimate Exercise or Skill.” Utilizing breathing, visualization, relaxation and natural movement, Tai Chi Chuan generates health, longevity, internal strength and power. Our discussion will focus on the many proven health benefits of Tai Chi Chuan for older adults, including balance, stability, mental focus and pain relief. Taking into account physical limitations, an interactive demonstration will show how these simple movements can be applied to everyday life.

Jacob Glassmeyer
With 32 years of searching, learning, teaching and practicing experience, Jacob Glassmeyer is a Tai Chi Instructor through the Bright Dawn Institute under Reverend Roberto Keiyo Velez. He has been the head instructor for Tiger Lim’s Taekwondo Academy and Hermitage Taekwondo School. Jacob is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan and has had additional training in boxing, weaponry, Muay Thai boxing and personal protection awareness. He is also a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer at Florida Hospital in Celebration.

September 27 - Tony Award Winner Reveals Everything You Wanted to Know About the Florida Theatrical Association, but Were Afraid to Ask -- And More!

Tony Award Winner, Grammy Nominated and Drama Desk Nominated Kenny Howard, the current Education Director of Florida Theatrical Association, and Eric Desnoyers, Subscription Manager for Florida Theatrical Association, will explore the upcoming season at the Dr. Phillips Center of Performing Arts, from the shows to the ticketing system, exploring the Pugh Theatre and The Abbey. They will also discuss their experiences producing theatre regionally and on Broadway. Collectively, they will cover the gamut of professional theatre in Central Florida and beyond. There will also be a Q&A at the end of the segment.

Kenny Howard
Kenny Howard has a B.A. from the University of Central Florida. He is the current Education Director of Florida Theatrical Association, a Tony Award Winner for producing Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess and has 5 Tony Nominations, 5 Drama Desk Nominations and 2 Grammy Nominations.

Eric Desnoyers
Eric Desnoyers has a B.A. from Rhode Island College and is the Subscription Manager for Florida Theatrical Association. He is also a performer and theatrical designer.

October 4 - Healthcare While Traveling

This lecture will address many healthcare concerns of travelers, such as taking medications when rapidly traversing several time zones and packing an essential emergency medical kit for specific travel destinations. Wilma will discuss portability of health insurance, emergency treatment options and sensible approaches to common conditions encountered by travelers (such as those resulting from exposure to a change in water quality).

Wilhelmina C. Korevaar, MD
Dr. Wilhelmina Korevaar is a graduate of Yale Medical School. She has worked in tertiary teaching hospitals as a pediatric anesthesiologist, intensivist, adult and cardiac anesthesiologist and pain management specialist. She was also a solo private practitioner in pain management for 20 years and served concurrently as a consultant for area hospitals and the City of Philadelphia. Since retiring from the practice of medicine in 2012, Dr. Korevaar has lectured for the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts in Cape May on Victorian medicine and on the fight for women’s rights.

October 11 - Central Florida Community Arts: Creative Drama

Join us as we explore the techniques of creative drama and learn the basics of theater. This lecture, by Kaileigh Anne of Central Florida Community Arts, will focus on the basics of improvisation exercises, the discovery of space and the understanding of how all elements of theater come together to make a production that you would see on stage. This will be an engaging and FUN, interactive lecture for theater enthusiasts of all ages.

Kaileigh Anne Buckley
With a degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, Kaileigh Anne has had diverse experiences working with musicians, performers and students of all ages. She has over 16 years of experience in vocal performance, in addition to credits in directing, pit conducting and stage-managing. Her past experiences include teaching music and theater courses to young performers, in addition to teaching workshops regarding the techniques of creative drama to peers at the collegiate level. Kaileigh Anne is the Education Manager for Central Florida Community Arts and also works as a Youth Education Series facilitator for The Walt Disney Company.

October 18 - Reflections from a Navy SEAL: From Battlefield to the Boardroom

In this lecture, Aaron will share how the same tools used by special operation forces on the battlefield can be used in creating successful teams and the right mindset to overcoming challenges in the boardroom. From planning complex operations to designing go-to-market strategies, we will also discuss team building, training and fear - using military history and concepts and how they correlate to both personal and company successes.

Aaron Tucker
Aaron Tucker served with the Navy SEALs for 18 years and has participated in combat operations in over seven countries. He has an M.B.A. and is currently a doctoral student in business. His post-military career has taken him from strategic planning within the Department of Defense, to running tech startups. Aaron speaks nationally on topics such as leadership, team building and working in joint environments.

October 25 - Common Foot & Ankle Conditions

Dr. Duane McRorie will discuss common foot and ankle conditions and potential treatment options. He is dedicated to serving the medical and surgical needs of patients by providing a complete range of foot and ankle care including diabetic foot care, wound care, elective foot surgery, reconstruction and the management of trauma.

Duane McRorie, DPM, FACFAS
Dr. Duane McRorie is a graduate of Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. He attended the University of Central Florida and Seminole State College. He is Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Reconstruction and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. McRorie practices privately at the Celebration Foot and Ankle Institute affiliated with Florida Hospital Celebration Health.

November 1 - The 1960's: Peace, Love … and Revolution

Where have all the flowers gone? Long time passing... Join us as we explore one of the most tumultuous decades in American history - the 1960s. We will relive the history, the music, the culture and the counterculture of this era when "turn on, tune in and drop out" shook America and the world. So dig out your love beads and tie dye shirt, wear some flowers in your hair and let's enjoy some Good Vibrations!

Dolores Salvo
Dolores Salvo has a B.S. in Education, Mathematics and English from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in English from University of Pittsburgh, and an M.S.Ed. from Duquesne University. Dolores spent much of her career as a math administrator and teacher in Pennsylvania and Celebration.

Don Salvo
Don Salvo has a B.S. in Comprehensive English Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, an M.Ed. in English Education from University of Pittsburgh, an M.S.Ed. in Educational Administration from Duquesne University and was a Fellow in the School of Speech and Drama, Northwestern University. Don spent his career as an English educator and Fine Arts administrator in Pennsylvania and Celebration. An Equity member, Don has also had a career in theatre and writing.

November 8 - Central Florida Community Arts: Anything Goes -- A Brief History of the Broadway Musical

Though conceived and gestated in Europe, the Broadway musical as we know it today is one of the few art forms to be born and raised in America. In this discussion, we will chart the ups and downs in the development of one of the world's best-loved forms of entertainment from its origins in European opera, through the heyday of light opera and vaudeville, past the "Golden Age of Broadway," and right up to its current place as a multi-billion dollar industry.

Russell Stephens
Russell Stephens, originally from Huntsville, AL, earned his Bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre at the University of Alabama before permanently relocating to Orlando in 2014. His credits as a performer have taken him throughout Alabama, Florida and Washington, D.C., and he has lectured on musical theatre extensively at the University of Alabama in both the music and theatre programs.

November 15 - Ten-Minute Play Readings

Come and support the Stetson Lifelong playwrights for readings of the new plays written in this term’s
Workshop: Write a Ten-Minute Play. This lecture may last later than 5:30 p.m., in order to provide opportunities for the audience members to discuss the plays with the playwrights.

William Newkirk
William L. Newkirk is the 2017 Charles M. Getchell Award winner for his play, [Miss]. Other recent notable plays include: East Lansing (Best Play, Tampa Bay Theatre Festival), In Me (Vigoda Award, Best Dramedy), 5 to 4 (Best Play, 4x6 Fest, Tampa), Suffocation (Grand Prize, Emerald Theatre Company New Play Festival, Memphis, TN), My Strange Journey (Best Production Nominee, Pittsburgh New Works Festival) and The Nude (Best Play, A Strong Woman Festival, Washington, D.C.). William Newkirk has a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.D. from Ohio State University. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild.